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Wholehearted support for Falmouth teen's anti-bullying project
11:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
Falmouth councillors have given their whole hearted support to a Falmouth teenager whose life was blighted by bullying, offering a £500 grant to help her anti-bullying initiative.
Amy Jones is determined to help others facing the same torment but needs help in funding her initiative “Stay Strong”.
Amy wants to use her experiences of being targeted by bullies to educate young people on the impact bullying can have, and to give support to others.
At a visit to Falmouth town council on Monday, Amy laid out her plans for the initiative and asked councillors to give her a grant to help them move forward. The money will be used to support the sending out of ‘Stay Strong” wrist bands and postcards to support bullying victims and to look into holding a “Stay Strong” day for victims and even those who are bullies.
Councillor Gerald Chin-Quee said: “This needs every kind of encouragement from us. I am particularly pleased that this initiative has come from someone who has suffered bullying herself and that it has not come from the top down.”
Councillor Steve Eva agreed saying that it was great that the idea had come from a student, adding: “That you have taken this on should be applauded, it is a brilliant idea.”
Councillors agreed to give Amy the full grant of £500, adding they would like her to come back and keep them informed of the project’s progress.
Olympic diver, Tom, and Michelle Mone, one of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs and founder of international lingerie brand, Ultimo, are supporting Amy’s efforts and have been photographed with the teenager wearing the “Stay Strong” bands she is selling.
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